LAS VEGAS — DASH by name, dash by nature? The draft international standard for MPEG-DASH, the video standard bringing higher-quality video and audio to digital media by using adaptive bitrate streaming, was first specced out in 2011. Now it is fast being adopted by big-name video server vendors.

“We have been involved in DASH from the very beginning,” says Iraj Sodagar, a principal chief architect at Microsoft:

  • “(The) Windows platform today supports media source extensions as well as encrypted media extensions – you can use Javascript players to play DASH on (the) Windows platform.”
  • “On Azure Cloud Services, we support DASH as a delivery format, both for live and on-demand and time-shift. Azure Media Player also supports DASH.”

Microsoft unveiled Azure Media Player at NAB Show, featuring automatic device detection and player framework selection for streaming fallback.

Sodagar is also president and chairman of the 78-member DASH industry forum.

We interviewed Sodagar at the NAB Show. Beet.TV’s coverage of the show was sponsored by Akamai.  Please find more coverage from Las Vegas here.